Online Programs

Minnesota State Mankato’s online programs fit the needs of working professionals and busy adults who want to advance their careers, complete a degree or build new skill sets.

Master's Programs

Communication Studies: Master of Science

The Communication Studies MS degree is typically sought by students interested in gaining knowledge directly applicable to a specific career path. Students usually plan a career in business or industry upon graduation.

Communication and Composition

Communication and Composition is an inter-disciplinary program designed for individuals with an interest in teaching both communication and composition at community colleges and technical colleges.

Educational Technology

Educational Technology responds to the growing needs of P-16 education and industry in providing instruction and training for the technological environment.

Elementary Education

The M.S. in Elementary Education program prepares in-service, licensed K-12 teachers from around the world to be leaders in the field of elementary education. 

English: Literature and English Studies

The Master of Arts in Literature and English Studies provides students with a firm foundation in British, American and World Literature with coursework that includes theory, teaching college-level literature, broader surveys and more specialized author, period and genre courses.

Technical Communication

The graduate program in Technical Communication prepares students to be professional information developers, technical or professional writers, and editors who are skilled at using the written and spoken word, along with visuals.

Forensics and Communication

Students interested in the Forensics and Communication MFA typically want to pursue teaching/coaching positions in an academic environment or want to pursue professional careers involving public speaking, training and development, or public service skills.

Information Security Risk Management

Our online Information Security and Risk Management master's program takes an applied approach to graduate education. Our courses bridge information technology with leadership, professional communication, and management skills.

Reading

Our M.S. and licensures in Reading prepare in-service K-12 teachers from around the world to be effective teachers of reading through coursework that focuses on applying research and theory in the field of reading education to a K-12 classroom practice.

School Library and Information Studies

The School Library and Information Studies program offers convenient, focused, high quality instruction that fills a rapidly evolving professional need in Minnesota and nationwide.

Spanish for the Professions

The MS Spanish for the Professions degree serves students who are pursuing an advanced degree in Spanish for work in a variety of professions.

Special Education

Graduate programs offered in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Cognitive Disabilities, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Early Childhood Special Education, and Learning Disabilities are designed to prepare professionals to work with students with disabilities in school settings

Sport Management

The Sport Management program prepares students with sport business concepts that help students plan and manage sport at the professional level, in college athletics and many other areas.

Teaching and Learning

The Master of Science in Teaching and Learning program is available to all teachers who wish to broaden their knowledge base, enhance their classroom performance and better serve the needs of learners.

Graduate Certificate Programs

Business Leadership

The Business Leadership certificate program focuses on both understanding and practicing the skills critical to effective performance as a leader in any organization.

Communication Education

The graduate certificate in Communication Education (GC-CE) is designed for individuals who hold a post-secondary degree in a different discipline and are seeking to expand their education to teach communication courses at a community or technical college.

Computer Keyboard and Related Technology

The Graduate Certificate in Computer, Keyboard, and Related Technology is an Educational Technology Endorsement that responds to the growing needs of P-16 education in providing instruction and training for the technological environment.

Cultural Diversity

The Cultural Diversity graduate certificate program provides graduate students/professionals who earned a bachelor’s degree the opportunity to acquire cross-cultural competency skills and expertise.

Culturally Responsive Teaching

The Culturally Responsive Teaching certificate program emphasis is placed upon facilitating graduate students in strengthening and broadening their knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to function effectively as educators.

Cyber Risk Analysis

The Cyber Risk Analysis graduate certificate provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to analyze cyber risks, communicate cyber risks to technical and non-technical audiences, and to take steps to manage those risks.

Data Inform Decision Making

The graduate certificate program emphasis is placed upon facilitating graduate students in strengthening and broadening their knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to function effectively as educators.

Digital Educator

The Digital Educator graduate certificate helps prepare students for technology digital tool integration strategies for online and hybrid instruction, design, and implementation.

Educational Technology in the Classroom

The Educational Technology in the Classroom certificate is for the licensed teacher to effectively utilize technology into the classroom.

Elementary Math Pedagogy

The Elementary Math Pedagogy graduate certificate program is designed to provide educators with the fundamental pedagogies for teaching mathematics in elementary schools.

English Literature

The English Literature graduate certificate provides students with a foundation in British, American, and World literature, and elective coursework in theory and more specialized author, period, and genre courses.

Family Consumer Science

The Family Consumer Science certificate program provides the professional who already has a teaching degree or who is working on a graduate teaching degree with the necessary courses to meet the MN standards for teacher licensure in Family Consumer Science Education for grades 5-12.

Instructional Technology and Design

The Graduate Certificate in Instructional Technology and Design responds to the growing needs of P-16 education, public and non-profit organizations, and business industry in providing instruction and training development.

Learning Communities and Leadership

Learning Communities and Leadership courses examine effective approaches that increase student-teacher, student-student, and student-community relationships, how to develop, lead, maintain, and sustain learning communities, and examine the role of the professional teacher as leader and scholar.

Professional Communication

The Professional Communication certificate prepares students with the skills to communicate in a variety of professional contexts including corporate, nonprofit, and government. Through theory and practice, students will learn to craft and adapt strategic messages for professional settings.

Psychology: General Psychology

The Psychology graduate certificate provides a broad exposure to the major areas of psychology, as well as opportunities to apply psychological science to real-world issues.

Reading

The Graduate Certificate in Reading is designed for licensed teachers who want to add a MN Reading Teacher License or community college faculty interested in teaching developmental reading.

Spanish for Professionals

The graduate certificate program prepares current K-12 teachers or practicing professionals with a competency-based Spanish courses that develop their writing and oral competencies in Spanish and their multicultural literacy.

Special Education

Graduate programs offered in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Cognitive Disabilities, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Early Childhood Special Education, and Learning Disabilities are designed to prepare professionals to work with students with disabilities in school settings

Teaching Writing

The Teaching Writing graduate certificate enables current and prospective teachers (Grades 5-College) to develop expertise in teaching writing.

Technical Communication

The Technical Communication graduate certificate program prepares participants for careers in technical communication, emphasizing current industry practice in the research, writing, editing, and publishing of (print or online) technical documents

Technologist

The Graduate Certificate in Technologist responds to the growing needs of technology integrationist in P-16 education. Program emphasis is technology planning and leadership.